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Indonesia taps Harvard-educated general as top military officer

Perkasa plans stronger island defenses in response to Chinese incursions

Gen. Andika Perkasa attends a U.S. Army ceremony in Virginia, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exceptional meritorious service, in January 2020. (Photo provided by 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's new military commander, Gen. Andika Perkasa, took office on Wednesday as the Southeast Asian nation looks to bolster cooperation with the U.S. to better defend its remote islands amid a rise in Chinese maritime activity.

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